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Treatment for spinal muscular atrophy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   is there any treatement for SMA
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i want to know if there any treatement for SMA
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
I shall explain you about it
User :   PLEASE
Doctor :  
Before that I would like to know whom this is intended for?
User :   my three nephews which is 12, 10 and 5 years old
Doctor :  
So we are speaking about spinal muscular atrophy for all the children
User :   yes
Doctor :  
How are they coping up right now?
Doctor :  
Any treatment is already instituted yet?
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How are their basic activities?
Doctor :  
Hello are you there
Doctor :  
I could answer you better if you can give me more information
Doctor :  
There are different types basing on the age ofonset
Doctor :  
So if you could tell me when did the whole symptoms started
Doctor :  
then I can tell you better about the treatment and the prognosis
User :   they have the second type of sma, which starts at 3 years old
User :   now, they cant walk, and thier hands started suffering the same thing
Doctor :  
The second type SMA the onset is usually between 6 to 18 months
Doctor :  
The third one starts after 18 months and it is a milder one
User :   i have understand that this symtomps will reach to the rest of the muscles, is that true
Doctor :  
Yes it is progressive
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and the treatment is purely supportive
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which includes a multidisciplinary approach
User :   these symtomps started clearly appearing on three years old
Doctor :  
of Neurologist, Occupational and physiotherapist
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Did you see a specialist for this, did he confirm it to be Type 2
User :   yes we have, but no body told us that we can treat it
Doctor :  
Treatment is just supportive
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and not a cure
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goals are to maximize the patient's independence and quality of life at each stage of the disease
Doctor :   No specific medications shall help
User :   do you mean that it can delay the symtomps appearance, and what is that treatement
Doctor :   My opinion is that as long as they involve the respiratory muscles, keep supporting them
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After respiratory muscles are involved the person go into peripheral respiratory paralysis
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and finally more infections in the chest
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I do not know if there are recent treatments developed
Doctor :  
You have to ask a Neurologist about them, who see the cases day in and day out
Doctor :  
WWW.WWWW.WW User :   whats about the c5- quanzalines
Doctor :   I am sorry I do not know about them

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